ASU, Virginia among teams advancing to College World Series
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joey Archer drove in three runs, reliever Scott Copeland pitched three scoreless innings and Southern Mississippi beat Florida 7-6 on Sunday night to advance to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
The Golden Eagles (40-24), the surprise of the NCAA tournament, overcame a five-run deficit to win for the 12th time in 15 games. The hot streak started shortly after coach Corky Palmer announced his retirement. Now, he’ll get a storybook send-off in Omaha, Neb.
Archer had an RBI double in the fourth, then drove in two runs with a single in the three-run eighth off Billy Bullock (3-3). Tyler Koelling followed with a grounder to shortstop that should’ve been an ending-inning double play with the game tied at 6. But first baseman Preston Tucker couldn’t field the throw that skipped in the dirt.
Tucker singled in the ninth to give the Gators (42-22) a chance, but closer Collin Cargill got Josh Adams to hit into a game-ending double play for his 13th save.
Virginia 5, Mississippi 1
OXFORD, Miss. – Virginia is headed to its first College World Series after beating Mississippi to win the super regional series.
Matt Packer, in his third appearance of the series, and three others combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed just seven hits as the Cavaliers (48-13-1) set the school record for wins in a season. Virginia improved to 5-1 since the NCAA tournament began and has done it with pitching, allowing just nine earned runs.
The Rebels (44-20) have lost four straight super regionals over the last five seasons.
The Cavaliers took advantage of three errors and stole six bases, while the Rebels stranded eight runners and were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position. Ole Miss had just one runner advance past second base after falling behind 1-0 in the first.
Arizona St. 8, Clemson 2
TEMPE, Ariz. – Josh Spence threw a four-hitter and struck out 10, Jason Kipnis’ two-run single keyed a five-run fifth inning and Arizona State beat Clemson to advance to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons.
Spence, a junior left-hander hampered by a hand injury late in the season, retired the first 11 batters he faced and walked one in his second complete game of the year. He improved to 9-1 while winning for the first time in 51 days.
Kipnis, the Pacific-10 player of the year, singled off Clemson starter Chris Dwyer (5-6) to drive in the first two runs in the Sun Devils’ five-run fifth. Kole Calhoun had a two-run double and Matt Newman had a run-scoring double in the inning.
Arizona State (48-12) will make its 21st College World Series appearance, tied with Southern California for third in NCAA history.
Arizona State has won five titles, tied with LSU for third.
Jeff Schaus hit his 13th homer for Clemson (44-21).
North Carolina 9, East Carolina 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer and Adam Warren took a shutout into the eighth inning to help North Carolina beat East Carolina and clinch its fourth straight trip to the College World Series.
The Tar Heels (47-16) swept the best-of-three series against their instate rival to clinch the super regional title. Warren (9-2) allowed eight hits and three runs in 7 1-3 innings against the Pirates (46-20).
Pirates starter Kevin Brandt (9-2) – who held the Tar Heels to five hits in 8 1-3 shutout innings in an April victory – took the loss after allowing six hits and three runs in five innings.
With the win, North Carolina also became the first ACC school to reach the College World Series, a bowl game and the men’s basketball Final Four in the same season.
TCU 3, Texas 2
AUSTIN, Texas – Matt Vern and Matt Carpenter each hit home runs and TCU edged top national seed Texas 3-2 to force a deciding third game in the super regional.
Vern hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Texas starter Cole Green to give the Horned Frogs (40-17) a quick lead. Carpenter made it 3-0 with his solo homer off Green (5-3) in the sixth.
The teams meet again Monday night, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
Texas (45-14-1) got within a run on Preston Clark’s RBI single in the seventh and Brandon Belt’s run-scoring single in the eighth.
Paul Gerrish (7-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Horned Frogs.
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